Why is there a three-year age range in each classroom?

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The older children act as role models for the younger children: they instruct younger children, reviewing concepts themselves in the process. Patience and confidence are re-inforced and practiced.

The older children are able to work at their own level, if lower than their peers, without this becoming obvious to their peers. Younger children can also work at a level above that of their peers without it becoming obvious.

Younger children learn to seek the help and assistance of those more experienced than themselves. They begin to learn to seek the help themselves.